Deception Pass Trail #1376


The Deception Pass Trail begins at Tuquala Meadows on Forest Service Road 4330 and climbs north to join the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail #2000 within Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

From the trailhead, trail follows a gentle uphill grade through meadows, forest, and across several creeks 1.8 miles to Hyas Lake. The trail continues along the eastern lakeshore and maintains a gentle grade for 1.6 miles until, past Upper Hyas Lake, it begins climbing up the mountainside. Near the 4-mile point is the junction with the Robin Lakes Trail 1376.1. After a 0.5 mile of switchbacks, the trail continues climbing through an area of swamps, small meadows, and trees for about a mile up to its junction with the Pacific Crest Trail at Deception Pass. Water is available at spots along the trail for most of its length.

At a Glance

Permit Info: Wilderness Permit required for entry into Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  Self issue at trailhead bulletin board.  Deposit stub and attach remainder to a pack or saddle bag.
Open Season: summer - fall
Best Season: summer
Busiest Season: summer
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply. See: Alpine Lakes Wilderness Regulations Booklet (PDF File)
Closest Towns: Cle Elum, WA
Passes: A valid Recreation Pass required at Tuquala Meadows trailhead.
Information Center: Cle Elum Ranger District, (509) 852-1100

General Information


From Cle Elum, WA take Highway 903 north for about 7.6 miles. Continue on Salmon La Sac Road for 10.4 miles. Continue on Forest Road 4330 (Cle Elum Valley Road) for about 11 miles to the trailhead. The Tucquala Meadows Trailhead is at the end of the road.


Facilities include parking and a toilet.



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Day Hiking

Options exist from a short 2.5 mile dayhike to Hyas Lake, to the ambitious loop through Deception Pass and Cathedral Pass and back to the trailhead, to many places in between.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult


This is a major access route to abundant backpacking destinations in Alpine Lakes Wilderness.

Difficulty Level: Easy to Difficult

Horse Riding & Camping

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